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His tweet came ahead of the Senate's vote on Kavanaugh Saturday afternoon, which is expected to place him on the Supreme Court. Jeff Flake were "paid professionals" funded by billionaire George Soros.

In a twist, Murkowski said she will state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen. However, some Republicans were concerned that Flake would change his mind, since he had called for a delay in the vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to allow the FBI to conduct a brief investigation into the allegations against the judge.

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court. In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, the Republican from ME ended speculation that she would dissent from the rest of her party and block the nomination.

Manchin announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, in spite of "reservations" about the allegations and the nominee's temperament.

"I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", the first lady told reporters while in Egypt on her first solo overseas trip.

"I have met with so many survivors, and I know that every single one of us has, and I've heard from colleagues as they have shared with me that they have been truly surprised, many stunned, by what they are learning is the prevalence of this unfortunately in our society today", she said. "It's just not worth it". "I felt like it's our right too - I have opinions too and I wanted to represent another side", she said. She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior. Enough senators have indicated they will support him Saturday to put him over the edge, with a likely margin of two votes.

Some Republicans, and Kavanaugh himself, have called the allegations against him part of a smear campaign to keep him off the bench. Exactly one month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, Democrats tried making sure that female voters were paying attention.

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After weeks of intense debate that has gripped the nation, the conservative appeals court judge on Friday won vows of support from two centrist senators, leaving no clear path in the Senate for Kavanaugh's opponents to block him. By the end of the day, there was a slim, 51-49 vote tally in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"They are so many and we are so few".

Kavanaugh's confirmation leaves the Senate traumatized with Republicans and Democrats as estranged as at any time in recent memory, reflecting the cavernous divides in the country itself during a presidency that has ignited rare political passions.

Kavanaugh had completed four days of often combative testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary the first week of September. Then she took her seat, looking down with a stone-faced expression.

"Very, very good", Trump said. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court. "This is why women don't report sexual assaults", he said. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he's replacing, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan looked on - two conservatives and two liberals.

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, say their client is not interested in murmurings that Democrats may seek to impeach Kavanaugh if they reclaim the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

Ford's attorney Debra Katz tells CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that Ford only wanted to tell her story to Senate Judiciary Committee members.

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